SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Leo Klier, a member of Notre Dame's All-Century basketball team, has died. He was 82.
Klier died Saturday at his home in Naperville, Ill., the school
announced on its Web site on Tuesday.
The Washington, Ind., native worked on the railroad after graduating high school to earn enough money to attend Notre Dame.
During the 1943-44 season he averaged a team-high 15.4 points as the Irish went 10-9.
He missed the next season while serving in the Navy during World War II. He returned to Notre Dame for his senior season and led the team with 17.9 points, helping the Irish to a 13-0 start -- still the best in school history.
Klier set the school's single-season scoring record in both seasons. He was one of 25 players chosen to the All-Century team in November and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Klier played professional basketball for the Indianapolis
Katuskys of the National Basketball League from 1946-1948 and the
Fort Wayne Pistons from 1948-1950.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy, nine children and 21 grandchildren.